Let us look at some easy ways to use essential oils get rid of some “hard to deal with” insects that can be annoying at times.
Lavender oil is very popular and has always been used to get rid of bugs and mites that infest the home especially bed bugs. The pungent aroma of this oil is unbearable to the mites so it automatically drives them away whenever it is present and it keeps them away.
How to use: Sprinkle a few drops across the corners of the bed frame and the mites and their eggs will be destroyed. But that’s not all, it will leave a pleasant smell that will appeal to you for days.
If you are thinking of organic pesticides then Orange essential oil is the best choice. It is so potent that it doesn’t just kill individual insects but it causes devastation on them in wiping out colonies and prevents re-infestation. There is a component in orange oil which is called D-limonene which is harmless to humans but lethal to most bugs or insects. It is so powerful that it melts the waxy outer coating on their exoskeleton causing dehydration and asphyxiation.
How to use: Dilute the orange oil in water using 1/4 cup water to 15 drops of orange oil and place in a spray bottle. Because of the potency and effectiveness of this oil in killing bugs, you should be careful if using it in your garden as it can also kill some of the good garden bugs and the pollinators. So spray with caution.
This is good for making a mosquito repellent and can keep away other flying insects. How to use: wet a piece of cloth or a cotton swab and spread the oil on windows, doors, and baseboards to keep the annoying insects at bay. They will not come near such a scent.
This is an effective and robust repellant that will assist in keeping away many different insects such as Mosquitos, flies, and fleas. This oil is also great for hindering worms like the cabbage looper caterpillar whose voracious appetite for juicy vegetable foliage can easily destroy complete crops of fruit vegetables such as, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and even some root vegetables if left uninterrupted.
Lemongrass Oil-Mosquito Repellent
Want to sit at ease on your patio, veranda or deck without disturbance from these annoying pests? Mosquitos will, by all means, shun the presence of Lemongrass. The scent of the plant alone makes them stay clear of the areas where lemongrass is grown. The oil is by far more concentrated with flavor than the plant so you can be sure that they will leave you alone if you have a repellant made with this oil. How to make: in a small spray bottle place one cup rubbing alcohol and 8 drops of lemongrass essential oil. Give it a good shake and use in the areas of your skin that are exposed.
Big Bug Repellent
Make a good bug repellant for the big bugs as follows: In a spray bottle of ten ounces of warm water put three tablespoons of dish soap and seven drops of peppermint oil and give it a good shake. Then spray in the small corners and cracks that spiders, cockroaches, and other bugs may be hiding.
The best essential oils for bugs are as follows:
Ants: Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit
Mosquitoes: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Cinnamon, Rosemary, lavender, lemongrass
Flies: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Melaleuca, Rosemary
Spider: Peppermint, Spearmint
Ticks: Oregano, Thyme
Fleas: Peppermint, Lemongrass, Spearmint
Cockroaches: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, tea tree oil
Snails: cedarwood, pine
Beetles: peppermint, thyme
Aphids: Peppermint, Spearmint, Sandalwood
Silverfish: Clove, Peppermint
Love Bugs: Peppermint
Squash Bugs: Neem Oil